The Simpsons are the newest franchise to be gloriously rendered in LEGO form, as The LEGO Group has officially announced its partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. The Simpsons, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is the longest-running American sitcom in the history of television, finds itself among a golden list of popular franchises to be rendered in LEGO form that includes Star Wars, Batman and Harry Potter.
The set, which currently carries a price tag of $199, includes the Simpsons’ iconic house, a fully equipped garage that houses the pink family sedan, and of course the six minifigures of the Simpsons family and their lovable neighbor, Ned Flanders.
It’s clear that the toy company has paid careful attention to detail (despite demonstrating the infamously left-handed Ned grilling with his right hand). The house itself can be opened either by unfolding it from the chimney or by detaching the roof, and the rooms are furnished with accessories, such as Lisa’s camera or Bart’s Krusty the Clown poster, that befit every member of the family. The construction set includes a total of 2523 pieces.
A second release of 16 Simpsons LEGO minifigures will coincide with a LEGO-themed episode of the show set to air in May 2014.
“We know our fans will love the challenge of building the Simpsons’ family home in great detail and the ability to collect quintessential characters in LEGO minifigure form will let them showcase their love of the show in a whole new way,” vice president of licensing and entertainment of The LEGO Group Jill Wilfert said in a statement, “We are also excited that The Simpsons will be created in LEGO form, truly bringing this partnership to life.”
Simpsons and LEGO fans everywhere will be able to build (or destroy) their very own 747 Evergreen Terrace Feb. 1.